Once upon a time, I didn’t care about eyebrows. I didn’t even realize that women used cosmetics on them to help ‘perfect’ their brows–I always thought that either you had great eyebrows naturally, or you had… whatever it is you had. It wasn’t until I began reading beauty blogs a few years back that I realized anyone can have great eyebrows with some proper grooming and a little help from makeup. Milani Cosmetics has been my “go-to” with their Brow Fix Kit since around the summer of 2012, as I have used it every day for filling in and shaping my wimpy brows. But now I’ve had the chance to switch things up a bit…
Milani recently sent me some of the other eyebrow products that they offer (which I am loving!), so this post is going to share the two that I have been using in combination together: the Brow & Eye Highlighter in Vanilla/Natural Taupe and the Brow Shaping Clear Gel. I’m so impressed with the results and how long-lasting they are, so I’ve been pretty excited to write this post.
Back of the packaging
Milani Cosmetics offers three duo-shades of their Brow & Eye Highlighters: Matte Beige/High Glow, Matte Cream/Luminous Lift, and Vanilla/Natural Taupe. This blog post features Vanilla/Natural Taupe. This duo pencil is the unique one of the bunch because it offers a light shade which can be used as a matte highlighter, and the taupe which can be used to define your eyebrows. These sell for $6.49 USD each; the product is 0.17 oz / 4.8 g.
BROW & EYE HIGHLIGHTERS
This perfect duo brightens, highlights, and lifts/shapes brows. Each pencil has two sides; the matte side is a creamy, non-creasing formula, and the pearl side is a cream-to-powder formula with light diffusing pigments. It is suitable for all skin tones. Sharpens with Milani’s Duo Sharpener.
Vanilla/Natural Taupe: Both sides are matte. Vanilla can be used underneath the brow bone as a highlighter. It can also be used as an eyeshadow or eyeshadow base. Natural Taupe can be used to define and fill in brows and as an eyeshadow.
Ingredients: Isodecylsononanoate, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Euphorbia Cerifera(Candelilla) Wax / Euphorbia Cerifera Cera, Microcrystalline Wax / Cera Microcristallina, PolymethylMethacrylate, Silica, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax /Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Tocopherol, Propylene Carbonate, Ascorbyl Palmitate. +/- May Contain: Mica ,Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).
Back of the packaging
I’m also sharing the Milani Cosmetics Brow Shaping Clear Gel, a simple but effective product for anyone who wants to keep their brows in place. There is only one shade of this — clear — so it can be used on universally anyone. It sells for $4.49 USD and there is 0.15 oz / 4.25 g of product.
BROW SHAPING CLEAR GEL
A clear brow gel that shapes and tames brow hairs for fuller looking, well groomed brows. Bristle brush manages strays hairs and combs browsing place. Light to medium hold.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua),Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle)Flower Extract, Potassium Hydroxide, Pvp, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle)Flower Extract, Disodium Edta, Panthenol.
For the record, I tend to have pretty thin eyebrows in terms of shape, fairly light in terms of color, and they have some sparse patches… basically the perfect candidates to try out new brow products. Don’t be fooled by any photos of me in which my eyebrows look great — I guarantee they have been filled in and shaped. I don’t wax (the areas waxed end up breaking out) so I only tweeze my eyebrows. I’ve been trying to really let them “grow out” the past year or so, and they are looking fuller than they have in the past, but they still need help to look “finished”.
In the photos above, I’ve used the Brow & Eye Highlighter in Vanilla/Natural Taupe to begin. I used the Natural Taupe end and applied to the first half of my brows straight from the pencil. After that, I use my angled brush to help perfect the shape and make sure everything is evenly applied. Because the ‘tail end’ of my eyebrow is pretty thin (and the brow pencil is pretty thick), I actually pick up product directly onto my angled brush and then draw the tail on that way.
Afterward, I used Vanilla directly under my eyebrow to help define the shape, as well as all over the lid and brow bone. I blended it out evenly and then I set it with some neutral eyeshadows, for what you see in the photos above. (I used Wet N Wild “Brulee” on the brow bone, and a shimmery shade very lightly on the lid — Urban Decay “Virgin” I think?) Afterward I applied the Brow Shaping Clear Gel to my eyebrows. I like this gel because it isn’t too thick, so you don’t get a weird crustiness on your brows–it’s perfectly clear and applies very evenly.
The quality is great and these are super affordable, which are two reasons I love Milani. The Brow Shaping Clear Gel is a straightforward product that anyone can use. As for the Brow & Eye Highlighter, I am a big fan of the color duo Vanilla/Natural Taupe, which I think is very flattering against lighter skin tones. Even though I am really pale, the Vanilla shade was perfect and it blended out easily. The Natural Taupe looks really great as a brow shade, so I am confident in recommending it for blondes. Unfortunately I can’t say how these colors would look on anyone with a deeper skin tone than me, or how Natural Taupe would look on a brunette, for example.
Milani Cosmetics is cruelty-free and you can purchase their products at your local Walgreens, CVS, etc.